So, tonight’s supper wasn’t my finest. The Husband’s away and I’ve got work to do before we go on holiday, so a packet of crisps and a glass of Soave it was. At five to eight. OK, not that funny but seriously, I’m not what you’d call a ‘natural’ dieter mostly due to my ‘natural’ greed. And now I’ve got the telly thing coming up I’m slightly worrying about the 10lbs added by the cameras. Perhaps not enough to keep me from my own crisps-and-vino version of the five to diet, but at least it’s properly fast food.
Current white in the fridge: Tesco Finest Soave Classico Superiore 2011, £7.99, Tesco
So supper might not have been finest, but the wine was. Tesco Finest, that is, and the first time I’ve tried this particular one. Definitely won’t be the last, either. It’s really lovely – all crisp and citrusy with a touch of nuttiness and a feint whiff of almonds. The hills surrounding Soave are covered in vineyards planted with the Garganega grape, among others, and the words Superiore and Classico tell you this is better than your average. Great value and refreshingly interesting for a good value Soave wine. Match it with a bowl of salty crisps.
Current red in the rack: Château d’Or et de Gueules ‘Les Cimels’ 2009, £10.25, Oddbins
I don’t have an Oddbins very near me (they kindly sent me this one to try). But if I did, I’d get a bottle of this in next time we decided to stick stuff on the barbecue. Made in the Costieres de Nimes region, in the Rhone, this is an animal blend of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache. Not like proper animals, obviously. But a bit furry, in a good way. Rustic, too. Think brambles, spice and kittens. Kidding about the kittens. Definitely needs food though, to tame the grip of the tannins. Burgers will do the trick.
Chin chin x